Government must ensure full accountability for Lamma ferry crash

A Taoist ritual was held to mourn those who were killed in vessel collision off Lamma Island. Photo: Nora Tam

Following the death of 39 people when two vessels collided off Lamma Island during the National Day fireworks display last October, the Leung Chun-ying administration immediately appointed a high-level independent commission to look into the cause of the accident. The collision was Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in more than 40 years.

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Skippers each face 39 counts of manslaughter

Lai Sai-ming, 55, captain of the Sea Smooth (left) and Chow Chi-wai, captain of Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV. Photos: David Wong

The captains of two vessels that collided off Lamma Island on October 1 made their first appearance in court yesterday, facing a combined 78 counts of manslaughter.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:00am

Lamma ferry crash crew may face charges of manslaughter

Clive Grossman, left, representing Hongkong Electric and the crew of Lamma IV, at the start of the inquiry yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Crew members of the two vessels in the deadly crash off Lamma Island on October 1 could face serious charges, including manslaughter, the chief prosecutor told a commission of inquiry yesterday as he applied to adjourn part of the hearing to next month.

6 Dec 2012 - 8:23am

Italian scientists jailed for underestimating killer quake

The trial of the six Italian scientists and government official charged with manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in 2009. Photo: AFP

Six Italian scientists and a government official were found guilty yesterday of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in the town of L'Aquila in 2009.

23 Oct 2012 - 10:53am

Italian scientists sentenced to jail in earthquake trial

A lawyer (centre) addresses the court in charge of the trial of six Italian scientists and a government official charged with manslaughter for underestimating the 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy. Photo: AFP

Six Italian scientists and a government official were found guilty on Monday of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009.

They were sentenced to six years in jail in a watershed ruling in a case that has provoked outrage in the international science community.

23 Oct 2012 - 1:00am

Abused wife who beat husband to death with hammer cleared of murder

A woman who beat her husband to death with a hammer, after years of an unhappy arranged marriage, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for six years yesterday.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:14am

Accidental killer of father to do 180 hours of community service

A man who shook his elderly father because the bedridden man had difficulty passing motion has been sentenced to 180 hours of community service for killing the 76-year-old.

Tse Kam-fai, 38, has since been diagnosed with a mental illness.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Don't rush tougher line against drink-driving

Public outrage in the wake of several deadly road crashes has renewed calls for tougher penalties for drink-driving. It has grown even louder recently in response to sentences perceived as being too lenient towards dangerous drivers involved in fatal accidents.

22 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Action plan drawn up if blunder doctor charged

The Hospital Authority is making preparations in the event that a Prince of Wales Hospital doctor who was involved in a fatal medical blunder is charged with manslaughter.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Couple fight jailing over baby's death

A couple sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing the death of their four-month-old child have appealed against their convictions.

Lam Wai-shu, 28, and Chiu Mei-sze, 34, were found guilty in the Court of First Instance of manslaughter in July last year.

They had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelty to a child under 16.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Eight years' jail for killing of wife

Four children whose father beat their mother to death with a hammer during an argument have forgiven the man for the killing, a court was told.

The children, aged 14, 13, 11 and nine, were in the Court of First Instance yesterday as their father, 56-year-old Ng Tung-mo, was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing his wife last year.

30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Probation for son who killed his mother

A schizophrenic who killed his disabled elderly mother by pouring boiling water over her head was yesterday sentenced to three years' probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Cheung Siu-wah, 48, had pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to the manslaughter of his 76-year-old mother, So Kiu, on August 8 last year.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

51/2 years jail for last right-of-abode protester

The last member of a group of right-of-abode seekers has been jailed for 51/2 years for his role in the fiery protest in the Immigration Tower five years ago that killed two people.

6 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Jail time cut for man in fatal fight at disco

A man jailed for 81/2 years for his part in a fight that left one person dead and another seriously injured has had one year knocked off his sentence.

Lai Ka-lung had pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and a further two counts of wounding stemming from a fatal fight outside the 100 Feel Disco in Portland Street, Mongkok, on August 5, 2001.

28 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Tears as man receives six years for killing his lover

A father of four cried and clung to the rails of the dock yesterday as he was jailed for six years for killing his lover with a wooden stool.

Reynaldo Francisco, 49, who attempted suicide following the tragedy last July, shook his head as Mrs Justice Verina Bokhary announced his fate in the Court of First Instance.

23 Mar 2000 - 12:00am